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Wed
03
Mar

Canadian pot retailers eye U.S. expansion ahead of legalization efforts

Canadian retailers are making their presence known south of the border, seeking additional growth while attempting to establish a foothold ahead of U.S. legalization plans. 

Fire & Flower Holdings Inc., High Tide Inc., and Canopy Growth Corp.'s Tweed have begun wading into the U.S. cannabis market in recent weeks, taking similar cues from pot producers who have also entered the U.S. despite regulations that prevent Canadian-listed companies from fully operating in the space. 

"The companies are using Canada as their testing ground to get to the real prize, which is ultimately the U.S.," said ATB Capital Markets Analyst David Kideckel, in an interview. 

Mon
01
Mar

Will Cannabis NB be sold soon?

Cannabis NB could be a thing of the past if the New Brunswick government opts to move forward with selling the provincial retailer, negotiations around which have been ongoing since last fall.

Global News reports the N.B. government has been in talks with a potential suitor since October. At that time, “negotiations started with the top-ranked proponent,” and the agency is in the final stages of negotiations at this time, said Cheryl Hansen, deputy minister of the Department of Finance and Treasury Board.

Fri
26
Feb

Toronto-area convenience store accused of selling candy look-alike weed edibles to children

Police are cautioning parents to keep an eye out after officers discovered cannabis edibles, vapes and seeds at a Toronto-area convenience store while investigating a report that the products were being sold to teens.

tweet from the York Regional Police (YRP) notes that the report alleges the store — in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto — was selling cannabis products, including cannabis edibles that look like candy, to underage teens.

Fri
26
Feb

Here's How Some Cannabis Industry Leaders Are Working to Dismantle Systemic Racism

Cannabis is not the only industry that can act as a microcosm of the world but it may be the most prominent. Cannabis is still federally illegal so there are many areas in which people can be turned away from participating due to previous arrests for cannabis.

During the Fall Emerge 2020 Virtual Cannabis Conference & Expo, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy led a panel discussion with industry-leading advocacy organizations. Together, they addressed the myriad concerns surrounding social equity within the cannabis industry.  

Fri
26
Feb

As more and more cannabis stores open, some ask: How many can stay in business?

If there’s one thing the western stretch of the Danforth, a busy street in Toronto’s east end, suddenly isn’t short of, it’s cannabis stores.

First it was Canvas, a brightly lit store in a former diner, part of a small local chain. Then, ten minutes’ walk down the street, Friendly Stranger, owned by national chain Fire & Flower, opened up shop. Then Green Merchant, part of a small local chain, opened a store across the street from the Friendly Stranger.

Finally, Canopy Growth, owner of retail chain Tokyo Smoke, confirmed this week to CTVNews.ca that they plan to open a fourth store in the neighbourhood, just across from Canvas.

Thu
25
Feb

OPP crime unit shuts down illegal cannabis delivery service operating in Muskoka

A Toronto man has been charged in relation to a delivery service that was offering illicit cannabis products, reports MuskokaRegion.com.

The Muskoka Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating the operation earlier this month. Officers allegedly observed the driver making several stops in the region on Feb. 1

After stopping the vehicle, police officers seized nearly $10,000 worth of illicit cannabis products, ranging from flower and vape pens to edibles and hash. They also confiscated $530 in cash, a collapsible baton and a cellphone.

Wed
24
Feb

Markham, Ont. convenience store was selling cannabis edibles to underage teens, police allege

York Regional Police issued a warning after more than $10,000 worth of cannabis products were seized from a Markham convenience store.

The bust comes days after a three-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in Belleville and then later on to a Kingston hospital after eating marijuana edibles that looked like candy.

Marijuana edibles are now legal in Canada, but you have to be over the age of 19 to use them and they have to be sold through a licensed cannabis retailer.

York Regional Police have charged two people working at the convenience store after a concerned citizen alleged they were selling edibles that looked like candy to underage teens.

Tue
23
Feb

Meet the former correctional officer fighting to overturn Manitoba’s ban on home growing

Late last month, about 2,500 pages of documents landed on the desks of Manitoba government officials.

The documents contained eight affidavits and the package was courtesy of Jesse Lavoie, a 28-year-old former correctional officer, who has filed a constitutional challenge against the Manitoba government’s ban on home growing. Lavoie is represented by attorneys from Chornopyski Law.

Under the federal Cannabis Act, Canadians are legally allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per residence. Unless they live in Quebec or Manitoba, that is, where provincial governments moved to ban home cultivation.

Tue
23
Feb

High weed retailer fees in Vancouver should be taken down a notch or more

Members of Vancouver City Council have asked municipal staff to come up with ways to cut the fees being paid by cannabis retailers in the city.

The annual fees charged to weed retailers dwarf those of other businesses, such as liquor establishments. While the annual renewal tab for a cannabis retailer is a hefty $1,500, the annual fee for a liquor store is $429.00, notes the council motion.

Mon
22
Feb

Vancouver council votes to slash sky-high fees for cannabis retailers

A city councillor is hopeful this is the last year cannabis retailers in Vancouver will pay the highest licensing fees in the country.

A motion passed Thursday is the first step in slashing the $34,000 annual fee — which is nearly ten times what liquor stores pay.

Coun. Rebecca Bligh says the move is meant to help licensed retailers thrive.

“It was quite clear that there’s a growing concern that Vancouver’s market is actually growing, but in the illegal market,” Bligh says.

 

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